St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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88
very good

822 Ratings
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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 15
Gots: 61 | FT: 3
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-03-2002)
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Reviews by d0ggnate:
Photo of d0ggnate
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up on a rainy night at South Bay.

A: Orange/honey-colored pour with a nice white fluffy cloud head measuring at least 3 fingers tall.
S: A mild "usual" sour smell. A bit earthy, hay and dust like qualities. Soft floral and light citrus.
T: A rich sour quality coats the tongue immediately, but fades out quickly. Faint sour citrus, likened to mild grapefruit, comes to mind.
M: Crisp and light sour. Pucker present up front, but nearly gone at the swallow.
D: An almost sessionable sour. Very good taste and classic presentation. I would find this a nice second or third step into sour beer for those just getting started. Or seasoned sour beer drinkers may find this one as a welcomed change of pace from some of today's extreme sour offering. Overall, a nice beer, but nothing to rant and rave about. Good stuff. Glad I got to try it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Could it be? The "castle" brewery that's set the stage for world class beers for years- are they getting better, even still? By all indications, ...yes! You simply don't go into making beers like Gueuze and opt to knock it out of the park; unless you're a masterful brewery already.

Their Gueuze pours with a bready-straw appearance- hazy gold in color, its frothy topping is creamy, white and laces with both tighly knit and loose bubbles that somehow denotes its "wild" character. Broken collars of lace also keep the beer looking formidable down to the final sips.

Sweat evoking aromas ensure as the first whiffs of the beer promise sourness and earthiness. White cider vinegar, dry chardonnay, limes, and under-ripened berries deliver its sour-ish tone. But its the roundness of damp straw, salt brine, drying leather and a musty horsey scent creates a rounded richness that's not reliant upon sweetness at all.

Then to taste, its acidic tartness reigns supreme- the taste of white grapes, salt, hay and wheat all round into a musty cracker taste. The beer continues to sour with cider vinegar, wine rot and limes before diving into a musty taste of weathered oak, saddle leather, and peppery sandalwood. Its late palate finishes with a return of aroma-driven echoes of sea air, barnyard and curing leather.

As short-lived bready malt texture quickly leads to a fleeting arid cracker-like dryness. Powdery late, the beer's textures are dry, woodsy and feathery with a pep of spicy peppercorn and mild alcohol warmth. Its finish is quick and firmly minerally like calcium rich shellfish.

Gueuze Fond Tradition is a superb version of the style. Its dry and earthen character is quintessential of the style and that is delivered with ease. Yet still, the ale deserves even drier character, even deeper earthiness and intangibles like almond pithiness and peps of cinnamon that could really set it apart.

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MadScientist
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a slight chill haze that goes away leaving an beer with excellent clarity. The off-white, rocky head was quick to dissipate.

S: A grapefruit-like tartness with a nice solid Brett, barnyard funk dominate the aroma. The funkiness grows deeper as it warms. There are low malt and light fruity esters of white grape, pear and very low apricot.

T/M: The is a moderate bright acidic tartness with moderate malt and barnyard flavors that balance pretty well. This is on a light bodied beer with an effervescent moderately-high carbonation. There is a slight prickle that seems to come from the tartness and CO2.

O: A very nice Gueuze with a refreshing tartness and a light touch of fruitiness. It's has balance and I'd defiantly buy this again given the chance. Gueuzes are a rare treat for me so I'd best enjoy this on it's own and shared with some friends.

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a taper

Pours a nice golden color in the glass with foamy white head like soap suds. Head retention is relatively low with just a little bit of lacing left behind.

Aromas remind you of tart acidic fruit - sort of a crab-apple-meets-lemon smell. It's a little difficult to describe but it seems relatively typical for this style.

Whew - forgot how tart this style is! Plenty of tart apple, unripe pear and citrus zest. The abundant carbonation brings the aromas up nicely which helps quite a bit with the flavors as well. Crisp and clean on the tongue with an incredibly dry finish, which combined with the tart flavors really made me pucker.

I enjoy this style but one is enough per sitting. I found this to be quite enjoyable and I would definitely seek it out again.

Photo of SanDNigel
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy golden with light white head that makes interesting designs. Small bubbles
S- Sour magic-marker like, finishing sweet and fruity
T- Sour, obviously, but dry. Sweetness with a wet grain something, followed by that Shocktart sweet&sour I have come to know from the style.
M- Puckery, but nice size bubbles that compliment the beer
O- Great. Love it. Even though it is almost half the price of others it was really a great beer

Photo of Kjanisch7
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Aaron420
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a New Belgium Tulip.

A: It poured a murky golden color with a white fluffy head that died rather quickly.

S: It smells of a nice tartness upfront with a follow up of a little wood almost.

T: You don't get the same tartness on the initial taste but it does come in toward the end. You do get alot of the fruity tones in the beginning with the tartness following.

M: It is not so sour that you pucker on every taste but just enough where you pheel it on every sip.

O: This is a good beer would enjoy another one anytime I came across it. But would not go out of my way to find it.

Photo of warnerry
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11 July 2006

Pours a mostly clear light copper with only a half finger of off-white head. Relatively subtle aroma is comprised of lemon and light funk. Definitely not the most complex aroma, but pleasant enough. Similarly, the taste is somewhat light and very refreshing, with lemon again leading the way, along with some very mild funk. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a semi-dry finish. Overall, a very refreshing gueuze, though nowhere near the complexity of the better blends. Still, I would have this again when in the mood for a lighter version of the style, and the price point is good as well.

Photo of Britton
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Dbrulet
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: sour mix and honey

Taste: sour mix, lemon, and a bit of apple

Mouthfeel: semi-sour, light bodied and high carbonation

Drinkability: A very good medium level sour. I like the apple/lemon flavor. I could drink all day and had a few on tap at Julian's Providence.

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy honey with stark white head.

Smell: Horseblanket funk, apple, vinegar and oak. Obviously smells tart and dry.

Taste: Mostly tart with vinegar, oak, and granny smith apples. Nice spicy kick to complement the tartness, although the apple taste provides a mild sweetness as well.

Feel: Fairly high carbonation, with a light, crisp body. Finishes dry and tart as expected.

Overall: Quite refreshing and tasty, despite being a little one dimensional. Quality Gueuze.

Photo of Eriogonum
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Funky-Brewster
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ehammond1
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

A dull orange and peach with a thin white head. Highly carbonated. Looks thin, with a myriad of little bubbles racing their way to the top of the glass.

The aroma is of tart lemon, some wood, yeast, and barnyard funk, though nothing is particularly leaping out of the glass. Though all appropriate, they all seems subdued, faint, and faraway.

The flavor doesn't quite match what I was hoping for after smelling this beer. The barnyard funk, lemon, apple, and wood components are all there, but I want much more tart and sour from this beer.

Thin to medium bodied though seems a touch metallic.

A somewhat sweet and lemony version of a gueuze. I would have preferred less sweetness and far more biting sour tartness.

Photo of Mantooth
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour at Duckworth's in Huntersville - $3.50!!!

Pours a hazy gold with a thin layer of white head, nice lacing and well carbed. Definitely some peach in the nose - bit sweeter smelling than I expected. The flavor has the sour funk I expected, though I really wanted a bit more out of it. It's a very solid brew that I'll certainly have again.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance: dull copper, like apricot jam; head flares up quick and sizzles away just as fast

Aroma: thinking white vermouth at first; puckering tartness, green apple and candy sweetness - thinking of green apple gummy rings; a hint of smoke

Taste & Mouthfeel: bracingly tart, of fresh lemon juice mostly, and some green apple; dry finish and great length; that faintest touch of smoke is also showing up on the palate, but really this beer is all one note - and it is a good note; refreshing and clean tasting; medium-light body and carbonation

Overall: small sips recommended, and you may even want to split the small bottle with a friend - this is intensely tart as per the style, lemony, simple, and refreshing

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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